Gujarat is as famous for its large
wild ass herds as it is for its lions. To protect these rare animals, a
sanctuary covering an area of over 4,953 sq. kms. was created to offer
protection to more than 2,100 wild asses inhabiting this area. In the
Little Rann of Kachchh, the asses are
attracted by the flat green grass covered expanse known as bets (islands
where coarse grasses springs up during the monsoon).
THE AGILE WILD ASS
Few animals in the animal kingdom can match the wild ass in terms of speed and stamina. They are capable of marathon runs at a pace of about 24 km/h for as long as two hours, reaching a top speed of 70 km per hour over short distances.
Besides the wild ass, the Sanctuary has a large population of blue bulls, blackbucks, chinkaras, wolves and jackals.
THE AVIAN POPULATION
The area is also well known for its birds the most notable being the flamingoes from Siberia. During winter, thousands of these magnificent pink birds can be found, particularly at Dholavira. An excursion of the Rann of Kachchh can enable you to see many species of birds.
At the Little Rann, you can see numerous birds ranging from the incredibly beautifully colored Indian Roller to the majestic stature of the demoiselle cranes, numerous falcons, bustards and 'saras' cranes. Of equal joy is a chance to ride a camel decked in its finest riding apparel.
Air: The nearest airport is located 150 kms. away at Bhuj, connected by regular flights from Mumbai .
Rail: New Bhuj Railway Station is 1 kms. north of Bhuj.
Road: State transport, luxury coaches, auto-rickshaws and taxis are available from Bhuj.
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